Fully Funded Masters on Circular Economy

Circular economy is the new rising interdisciplinary subject to find solutions of the social and economical problems by studying nature, society and technical aspects together. This will teach student to identify the problems that can arise due to excessive use of any technical, environment or other resources.

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Program main objective is to train students to become the leaders for changing the society into more sustainable society. This Erasmus Master in one of the highest level in its kind with international approach.

The program is jointly run by 8 Universities from Austria, Netherland, Australia, Japan, China, Norway and Sweden. It will support 11-12 students from around the world with full funding that will cover there tuition fees, living and relocation depending on there present location. The deadline to apply for this program is Mid of January,2019.

For further details –

https://www.jointdegree.eu/en/circle-erasmus-mundus-international-masters-programme-on-circular-economy/

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Fully Funded Masters in Big Data Management and Analytics

Big data and computers have changed the humans lives completely specifically in the past decade.  The smart phones and generation of large of amount data requires strategic tools and management programs that can help to process the information for running lives. It is expected that the market depended on big data will grow to 111 billion dollars by 2020.

The program is jointly renowned by renowned Universities of European Union-  Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Spain, Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) in Germany, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) in the Netherlands and CentraleSupélec (CS) in France.

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There are limited number of scholarships that are being offered to international candidates who does not belong to European union. The scholarship will cover the tuition fees, living expenses and relocation cost according to your present location.

And these scholarships are quite competitive as students from around the world can apply for this scholarship. For further details regarding application, check the following link- https://bdma.ulb.ac.be/bdma/

The deadline of the application is around 1st or 2nd week of January,2019

Fully Funded Masters in Image Processing and Computer Vision- Deadline-28th January,2019

The use of computers and digital technology has become a daily necessity  of human being and further can be improvised in many ways. This masters programs will teach students about computer vision, processing videos and images in connection to various life domains such as medicine, surveillance, industrial control, remote sensing, e-commerce, automation, etc.

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The program will offer both theoretical and practical knowledge in 3 different partner universities along with one research internship.  The program structure is already designed as following-

– Semester 1: Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary (PPCU)
– Semester 2: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain (UAM)
– Semester 3: University of Bordeaux, France (UBx)

There are certain number of scholarships that are being offered to international candidates who does not belong to European union. The scholarship will cover the tuition fees, living expenses and relocation cost according to your present location.

To apply, Check the following link –

http://www.ipcv.eu/

Deadline- 28th January,2019

How to get PhD when you are not from Top Tier University?

Do you know that your academics or your grade or marks only counts for 10 to 15% in the overall PhD selection process? There are millions of students who score B grade or 60% but are passionate about scientific research and wants to pursue PhD. But most of them think that getting the high score is the only criteria to secure a PhD position in abroad. But let me tell you one thing, that your University name and your score only account for 10-20 percent of the overall selection process. And it does not mean that you will loose all these points if you have 2nd division.  For ex : Selection process involves these main factors as the criteria.

  1. Academic Score (10-20 points)- You will get 20 points if you have A or A+grade, 18 if you have B+ and 15 if you have B. So even if you have B grade, you will still get 15 points and rest it depends on how you make the best of your other 80 points.
  2. Skill set (30-40 points)- It is one of the most important criteria for the selection process and you will realize it when you will start interviewing for the PhD or research positions. As the selection committee will ask you the skills set you have related to the project. If you have 80% of the skill set related to project, your chances of winning the PhD position increases.
  3. Publications/ Research Experience (30-40 points)- Most of the Indian Private Universities does not focus on this part of the system with sincerity at all. They have made the complete mess and are making the business out of it by opening the private research institutes that offers your internships without any real exposure to research work. I have seen most of the students during there junior or sophomore year of college pursuing there internships from private institutes that charge you INR 6000 for the 8-10 weeks of project and also provide you the research project. This is one of the big reason and serious concern that many of us looses the interest in science at early stages.

You have to remember that it the investment of time and hard work that you will put in your graduation time to get your desired PhD. Utilize your summer vacation and internships effectively and make networks with PhD students and scientist all over India. I am aware that securing the PhD in a good institute is not easy but I am also aware that many of us looses hope easily. Sometimes, it takes 2 or 3 years of constant effort and convincing the scientist with whom you want to work for the summer internship. Try to identify your broad research interest during your sophomore or junior undergraduate year and list all the research institutes and scientist where you are planning to work. Prepare your draft email clearly mentioning your research interest and skills you would like to learn. It will be good if you mention little bit about future ambitions but its not so important if you are in 1st or 2nd year as you are just starting your research journey. Remember, its a journey a a long journey. And you are going to fail and get 1000s of rejections. Just prepare yourself mentally and note the points why are you getting these rejections. It is really important to analyse the reasons of your rejections at all the levels of your research journey. This happen even to the big scientist all around the world. No big deal. These words will keep you on the move always. Remind yourself with these words.

 

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The goal during your graduate years should be to maximize the results coming out of your research internships even if it takes to miss couple of classes and loose few marks in your attendance or assignments as it wont mean anything for long term goals. Trust me. The other important skill is scientific writing which will only improve if you practice writing.

The best way is to start writing reviews on the topic you like the most or you would like to explore. 

And if you are working on the above mentioned skills, you are automatically working in your public relations with researchers and graduate students in the laboratory who will definitely help you out to achieve the things you want to. Good public relation means good recommendation letters (10-20 points) which is another criteria for winning the PhD position. A publication in peer reviewed journal will be cherry on the cake but there is no guarantee that you will be able to publish a good research paper while working in the internships or dissertation but there is 100% guarantee that your profile will become solid proof which will show your potential clearly to the selection committee.

What about the extracurricular activities?  What kind of activities will describe you as a leader or a team worker? Try to incorporate yourself with social and community activities that are bringing the change in the human welfare. But not just for the certificate. Because, if you are working for the certificate and recognition, you will never be able to understand the problem at grass-root level. Try to collaborate with someone working in different subject or theme and work in an interdisciplinary topic like women empowerment, sustainable solutions, water management. I am not talking about starting a rally against the government, it`s the solution that you will propose to the community which has the potential to bring the change.

 

Life is Chess but We are playing Ludo

I was bit confused about how to start this piece but I decided to go on and blast a bomb on you by saying that most of you are sitting on a wrong TRAIN for Life. Just imagine the time, when you missed a train or are have boarded the wrong train. How does that feel? Will you accept it for life? What if I told you that you are in that train but you are not aware of it.

Our brain and our reactions in response to our life decisions has become constant or quite similar and most of us respond in a very similar way to the so called responsible society. The big change that I noticed while growing up is that each year more and more engineers are graduated from India. If we talk about numbers, there were almost 1.5 million graduates in 2018 and if we constantly produced the same number of engineers there will be almost 35 million or more engineers by 2035.

Well, Ask yourself a question, when was the last time you got really happy or satisfied. Most of the answers will be- when i got the apple laptop, iPhone, new shoes, luxury or a job that is going to pay 20% more from your current salary. You will notice the similar pattern in our youth and we do not even need artificial intelligence to understand this pattern. This is a serious pattern to notice as India has 60% of youth population. The society,system or industries have recognized your pattern and understood your response towards the material happiness. Make sense?  Its going to make sense to all of you. Think about the time when you were choosing your future when you were just just 14 or 15. What were you told? What did you hear? Who were the people? How was the feeling? Was it good or bad? You were told that engineering and private companies are the future. You were told that these companies will pay you more and you will have a luxurious life to live. Everyone including your parents, friends and school told you this and filled your mind with hopes and desires for the next 4-5 years. Isn`t?

Let me take you quickly to those 4-5 years. I am not saying that all of you must be feeling like this but its only for those who feel this way. But if you are happy with your decision or working in a corporate company and completely satisfied at present, then its great.  But if you were thinking every single moment of your University life when you wanted to be something else instead of becoming a corporate professional. But the problem was the stimulus of all the hopes and desires that were created by society and parents was so strong that you could not take that wild step towards your passion.

But no told you or even give you a hint that you would have got better in your skill if you had worked your ass of for 1500 days. Isnt? So instead you spent those years in studying the subject you didn`t liked while arguing, complaining, crying about society and life.

IMPORTANT NOTE – You still have time as you have just lived 25% of your life.  Bs thodi si himat karni padegi. 

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I am pretty sure that most of the generation of India of my age will be on fire or would want to kill me because of my blunt writing. But its true we all are playing ludo instead of Chess. We all are tying to get 6 moves ahead so that we could afford a luxurious flat, car or a fucking euro trip.  We are not taking two steps backwards to understand the pattern and overall game we are deeply stuck in from throat to anus. Nothing is going in and nothing is going out of your mind and heart.

Most of us are trying to win big but instead of winning big we are getting stuck in a bigger bubble. It`s high time for us to understand the bubble formation as when one bubble mixes with the another one, it makes the bigger bubble with bigger unwanted problems to deal.

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Guru take on “Obesity in India”

Listen Listen very carefully, being Fat is unhealthy , being Obese is unhealthy and it is going to kill you one day which is the biggest concern for the obese people in India to think and act on it. And, yes I am aware that body shaming is real for kids, women and men but let me tell you one important FACT that society is not going to change. I am giving you the million dollar advice, you got to adapt and change your mind settings to go along with this society every single time.

I was scrolling through various post in top news media reading about body shaming and obesity and how every society should accepts that you are fat. Fuck with society, its your body and your life and I am surprised that these top bloggers with million followers are promoting directly or indirectly “its ok to be fat” rather than promoting the real fact that you are fat and addicted to processed food and sugar and it can kill you. This is real. It is also necessary to ask these soft bloggers- when they write about body shaming and society issues” Who are they asking ? What are they expecting?

Its high time to learn that this is the  part where we can not do anything and it will be really nice if we understand the sad but true fact -“Society wont change” but we can definitely train ourselves to become more strategic to tackle these issues. Everything that is happening to your body is because of you not because of the society or life. Stop being so fucking lazy and stop eating shit food like Maggie and cookies. You are gonna get fat because of the sugar and bad fats that you are eating not because of the society pressure.

They say that people become more anxious, depressed and looses there self esteem when society call them fat? Do you think that this is the problem?

What? I thought Humans are the top most creature in the earth (microbes-rats- cats-cows——–other trillion species————-> HUMANS there is nothing after this). We are are at the top and we get sad if 100 people call us fat. If this true, then humans cannot be the smartest species living in the earth.

Its really surprising that people are talking this concept of body shaming with so much seriousness and making the future generation more soft and scared by blaming the society. We got to understand the simple fact- “Society will not change, it will never change, but you can change yourself with  self control and  a cup of optimism”. Its possible and stop listening to these soft bloggers out in the world promoting obesity indirectly or directly.

Start motivating your unhealthy friend to go for one mile run, 15 min workout or have one month of consuming just healthy diet with no sugar and processed food. This will not the society but will definitely change your life. No one can change the society, not even god.

So you have only two choices –

One is to feel bad,listen to soft bloggers and making yourself feel better for 1 hour or hoping that society will change. Or you can get your favorite running shoes to go for a mile run.

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Digital Guru Talks with Indian Youth

Adapting to sudden change in the world and reinventions are the important concepts that are not taught in the structured education system. And we are not accustomed to the change but we will have to learn to accept the change of technology and reinventing our self with time. This changing and fast technology called Internet is making things better at all level if we look at the positive side of it. This is the only technology that has brought the world more closer, accessible by providing equal opportunity in every field. I am not saying that it is easy but there are almost 4 billion internet users who are there to listen to you. They are giving you there attention. Isnt? Ofcourse, there are always consequences, there will always be people in the world with bad news which will blast and spread like fire all over the internet. But internet is an open platform open to both good and bad news. So, there is equal opportunity for good news to blast but only if we want it, which will require consistent efforts from your side. We have unlimited opportunities and we cannot escape or give excuses anymore.

This piece of content is going to be hard to read for the Indian youth as Digital Guru (DG) asked them a simple question and had a much needed conversation on- “What is the most common trait you see in the behavior of today`s youth”.

Surprisingly, Digital guru got so many answers like -herd mentality, life sucks, wants to be extraordinary by doing ordinary things, wants everything easily, lazy but creative, short term benefits, defensive attitude, succumbing, expectations, trust, anger, rebellious, lack of perseverance but digital guru thinks that youth sucks. I think, most of the youth will be able to relate yourself in the below conversation.

Youth – I think there is a need of realization of how youth have no curiosity, no humanity, aimless and running after material stuff.

DG- So what do you think we should do? What is the real solution?

Youth- We need to work on the roots.

DG- I agree but how?

Youth- They have to undergo self realization, introspect themselves to become a better person. Technology is at par which makes us feel less grateful to the real things in life. Well, I worked with kids in the untouched areas of the country at the root level for a month which is very important. I realized that It is not about education, its beyond that. The girls and boys were interested in learning about the environment and how important it was for them to save the indigenous crops of there place. The world is busy running its own business. If we have to make an impact it can never be done alone, if we become aware of something we should keep trying to make others aware of it. In the end the impact needs to be on a large scale and not just to ourselves. But I think it is next to possible because everything is driven with greed and selfishness. Everyone wants to have more without putting in any efforts.

DG- I have few points- I don`t think that technology is going to change at all. Its going to get bigger and you cannot stop it. And these indigenous kids are completely aware about the environment but are not aware about the technology which I believe should be the main point of concern. They should be made aware of the technology in a positive way.

My question is that Do you think that Internet is the solution to all the questions?

Youth- Nope.

DG- Why? There are almost 4 billion internet users and you can reach to all of them.

Youth- Its not just about reaching these people, its about influencing their mindset. For ex: one guy in my social media tagged a few people in a post wherein a machine was installed to dispense 5rs for every plastic bottle deposited in it. She asked the society if this was a good initiative and did the hasttag of world`s environment day. I saw two things – 1. No body gives a shit. 2. Some of the people made fun of her as she made the hashtag on some other date as world environment day is celebrate on 5th June.

DG- I think you are too soft. Just couple of guys made fun of you does not mean that Internet is not the solution. Just one post in not going to change the world and environment. Let me ask you some questions. Do you buy stuff online?

Youth- yes, I do

DG- Did your behavior changed from offline shopping to online shopping?

Youth- Yes

DG- Do you know people along with big business giants didn’t believed and made fun of these guys who started selling things online for ex : Jack Ma “founder of ali baba” who is now a billionaire. But he didn`t become what he is today in just 1 month but it took ages and that ages came along with struggles and hurdles. The sad fact is that we try to escape these hurdles and struggles, so if we really want to educate the people about environment, I believe that Internet is the only way in 21st century. Before it was books, radio, now internet and in future it will be virtual reality.

Youth- Indeed

DG- Like you said, that it would require perseverance and continuous efforts without expecting anything in return for coming 3-4 years and not backing out.

Youth- Yes, I agree

DG- So, do you think that internet is the solution?

Youth- Yes, If its well equipped to influence the people well.

DG- Indeed. Internet is the only solution, I can understand the there is lot of negativity out there which is getting stronger. But I also believe that internet can make positivity louder only if, positive people comes with more optimism.

For now, We were just talking about the environment and education. But Digital guru came across many posts which were filled with complains related to corruption, policies, BJP, congress, Hindu, Muslim etc. These are real problems. I completely agree. Here is one more hard truth and amazing fact that no one told you. These things are not going too change for you or for coming 100 generations. We have learned this fact already in past 70 years of development phase in India. But another incredible fact that you didnt noticed that almost 2 billion people joined internet and social media in 2012 in one way or the other which have your attention. And they are completely mutual and they are not the part of any political party that have only 1000 main players. But these 1000 players are making the good use of Internet. Isn`t?

Do you have problems with Government?

Do you have problems with the changing environment?

Do you have problems with education system?

Let me tell you guys, almost quarter of Indian population is using the Internet which is good enough number to start with the change you want to bring in the society.

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Time to do it.